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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
  
Salt and freshwater crocodiles are found near Katherine rivers. Don't swim or camp near the waters edge. The accessible rivers and billabongs are generally sign-posted if saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit the area, but if you are not sure, don’t swim.  The Katherine River near the gorge is a crocodile management zone.  Rangers attempt to trap and relocate any salt-water crocodiles that may have moved into the area in the wet out of the river.
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Swimming - The Northern Territory has many safe places to swim, including local nature reserves, public swimming pools and in some national parks. Swimming at Northern Territory beaches is not recommended due to the presence of box jellyfish. If you choose to swim at the beach, take vinegar as a precaution as it is known to sooth the sting.
  
Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and sunscreen. You should also be sure to drink plenty of water; a minimum of two litres per day is advised.  Use insect repellent, mosquito coils and appropriate clothing  to protect from mosquito bites.  If camping, keep your tent zipped and tap your shoes out before putting them on.
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Salt and freshwater crocodiles are found in most Top End billabongs and rivers, and are occasionally seen on remote beaches. The accessible rivers and billabongs are generally sign-posted if saltwater crocodiles are known to inhabit the area, but if you are not sure, don’t swim.
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Sun protection
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Travellers should always wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and at least an SPF 30+ sunscreen when outdoors. You should also be sure to drink plenty of water; a minimum of two litres per day is advised.
  
If your are exerting yourself outdoors, but walking for example, you will need one litre of water for every hour in very warm weather and avoid walking in the hottest part of the day.
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Insects - The Territory is home to mosquitoes and other biting insects, so a reliable insect repellent, mosquito coils and appropriate clothing will make travelling more comfortable. If camping, keep your tent zipped and tap your shoes out before putting them on.
  
Snakes inhabit the bush, so be cautious and make noise when walking through long grass, and make sure you have sturdy shoes.
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Outdoor activities like bushwalking and camping are must-have experiences in the Northern Territory. Here is some travel information and safety tips to remember:
  
Carry appropriate safety equipment, such as an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), satellite phone and first aid kit, and don't bushwalk alone.  Let someone you trust know where you are, and arrange to contact them at intervals.
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Carry and drink plenty of water; at least one litre of water for every hour of walking in very warm weather.
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Take notice of all signs – especially ‘no swimming’ signs at waterways inhabited by saltwater crocodiles
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Be mindful that snakes inhabit most areas of the Territory, so be cautious when walking through long grass
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Ensure you have an adequate fitness level for the bushwalk you plan to undertake
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Carry appropriate safety equipment, such as an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), satellite phone and first aid kit
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Avoid walking in the hottest part of the day or walking alone
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Register with the overnight bushwalking register if you plan an extended walk
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Wear sun protection and take insect repellent for both walking and camping
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Never camp near the water's edge
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Carry a map of the area you're walking/camping in and know how to read it
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Tell someone your plan and when you expect to return
  
 
Shake out your shoes in the morning to remove any 'critters' that have settled in during the night
 
Shake out your shoes in the morning to remove any 'critters' that have settled in during the night
  
Only build fires in the pits provided and take care to completely extinguish the flame when finished, and Limit the use of fire and be aware of fire bans in certain areas of the Territory
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Always camp in designated areas
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Only build fires in the pits provided and take care to completely extinguish the flame when finished
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Limit the use of fire and be aware of fire bans in certain areas of the Territory
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Wear sturdy shoes, thick socks, a hat and sunscreen while bushwalking
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Some areas require permits to enter so check this before setting out
  
  

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